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Twenty members of the Nichiren Shu International Buddhist Fellowship Association led by Chairman Bishop, Kansen Mochida, Sogenji Temple Chiba, celebrated the 13th anniversary of the Dragon Palace Temple in Kamptee, Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India on November 28, 2012 with thousands of local Buddhists gathered, there led by the religious and political leader, Ms. Sulekha Kumbhare former Maharashtra state minister of sanitation.

Ms. Kumbhare is also the president of the Ogawa Society in Kamptee, which manages a free school for children, an orphanage and mobile hospitals for people in need, who live in remote areas. A total number of three thousand people visited and attended the ceremony officiated by Bishop Mochida and ten other Japanese priests of the association. All people gathered there shared the chanting of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo in unison together with drums beaten by local students of the school operated by the Ogawa Society.

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3.000 umat hadir dalam upacara ini

After the ceremony, both Ms Kumbhare and Bishop Mochida made speeches and emphasized to large audience that the time had come as Buddhists to stand up and spread the sense of value based on the Buddha Dharma to make other people all over the world aware of real peace and happiness in this confused and unstable world. There are, it is said, twenty million Buddhists in Maharashtra and they are mostly led by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, who composed the constitution of India when it became an independent country and had a conversion ceremony to Buddhism from Hindu with three hundred fifty thousand people in 1957 in this area. Ms. Kumbhare has been putting her effort to maintain the temple for thirteen years as the president of the Ogawa Society since the temple was established.

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Foto Bersama Setelah Upacara

According to her, now she is looking for business partners in foreign countries on exporting of rice, vegetables and bottled water from India to other countries. That business may have a potential not only to maintain the Dragon Palace Temple but also to build an affluent society in the Kamptee and Nagpur areas. The strong ties between Indian Buddhists of the Dragon Palace Temple and the Nichiren Shu International Buddhist Fellowship Association have been maintained under the strong faith in the Buddha and the Dharma. They have already planned the celebration of the 14th anniversary of the temple on November 17, 2013.

Source: http://www.nichiren-shu.org/newsletter/nichirenshu_news/ nichirenshu194.pdf